It’s been a little over two weeks now since I was in a car accident. My car is totaled, but I’m fortunate enough to have my little brother’s car to drive for awhile (plus, it has all sorts of amenities that mine didn’t! Like power locks, windows, and mirrors; cruise control, and a sunroof :)).
In the two weeks since the accident happened, I’ve been thinking a lot about it and trying to make some sense of it. I learned a few things and I wanted to share a little about them because I think they are things that most people have to come to terms with at some point in their life.
1. I’m not invincible. I’ve gone through life without any major incidents. I’ve only had a few minor injuries from cheerleading and I had only ever been in minor car accidents or haven’t been the one driving when an accident occurred. Therefore, I truly thought I was invincible (especially in my car). I try to teach the college students I work with that they aren’t invincible (especially when it comes to drinking), but for some reason, I never took the advice myself. I always said to myself (usually subconsciously) “oh, that couldn’t/wouldn’t ever happen to me.” Not true! It doesn’t matter how careful I try to be when driving, you never know what could happen to you.
2. Expect the unexpected. I’ve always loved this saying, but I tend to forget about it until something unexpected does happen. We should be prepared for the unexpected things in life because you never know when they are coming. If we can’t truly be prepared, we should at least know that we aren’t in total control and all sorts of things can happen to us, especially when we least expect it.
3. It doesn’t matter how healthy I eat…I could die tomorrow. This one may sound controversial, but hear me out. I focus on eating a healthy diet 99% of the time. I do it because it makes me feel good. I feel more energetic, less crabby, happier, and overall just have a better outlook on life than when I eat unhealthy. I want to live to be 100, and I want to be a healthy 100 year old so I make sure I eat healthy and workout regularly. However, my accident really opened my eyes to see that I could easily be taken out of this world tomorrow by something other than my health. Does it mean I’m going to stop eating healthy? Absolutely not. But, it is going to make me that much more thankful for being alive and for the healthy food I have to eat every day.
4. I can’t control everything. I’ve mentioned before that I really like to plan. Part of it is so that I make sure I get stuff done, but the other part is being in control. I like to know what is going to happen next so I can be prepared for it. The accident happened so quickly, and I surely wasn’t expecting it, so there was no way for me to prepare and I couldn’t control a single bit of it. It taught me that as much as I might try to plan things out and be in control all the time, sometimes it just won’t go my way. I need to let go of the reins a little bit and be better about accepting the things that come my way that I didn’t plan for.
Have you ever been in an accident? What did you learn from it?